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Fernandes starts at Brighton despite 120-minute FA Cup outing

Bruno Fernandes (£8.7m) has surprised Fantasy managers by starting for Manchester United’s trip to Brighton.

The Portuguese international played a full 120 minutes in an FA Cup win at Norwich on Saturday, suggesting that he might miss out on Gameweek 32+.

Despite having Andreas Pereira (£4.8m) and Juan Mata (£6.1m) on the bench, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Fernandes for a fourth start in all competitions since the Premier League resumed.

In light of extra-time in the FA Cup, it will be interesting to see how long the midfielder is able to last at the Amex Stadium though.

Fernandes will also be under the microscope of eagle-eyed Fantasy managers still curious about how he will cope with Paul Pogba (£8.3m) in the side.

The Frenchman made his first league start since Gameweek 7 when Sheffield United were dispatched 3-0 at Old Trafford, arguably overshadowing Ferandnes in the process.

Therefore, it will be important analyse whether or not the same will be true on the road, especially considering this is the same XI that Solskjaer named against the Blades.

That means another Premier League start for Mason Greenwood (£4.3m) on the flanks of attacking midfield, Marcus Rashford (£9.1m) on the opposite flank and Anthony Martial (£8.2m) in the centre-forward position.

The out-of-position FPL midfielder scored 10 points the last time he faced Brighton and launched himself onto the Fantasy radar with a hat-trick in Gameweek 31+.

Manchester United may not have it too easy at Brighton though. Notorious tinkerman Graham Potter has gone for an ultra-conservative formation, featuring a back-five and a trio of midfielders screening the defence.

Dan Burn (£4.5m) tucks in alongside Lewis Dunk (£4.7m) and Shane Duffy (£4.8m) at centre-back while Tariq Lamptey (£4.0m), who impressed against Leicester, could be up against Rashford.

Dale Stephens (£4.4m), Yves Bissouma (£5.0m) and Davy Pröpper (£4.8m) have been given the task of protecting the back-five, with creative players such as Aaron Mooy (£4.8m), Leandro Trossard (£5.8m) and Pascal Groß (£6.2m) on the bench.

Alexis Mac Allister (£5.5m) looks to be in a rather disconnected number 10 role just behind Aaron Connolly (£4.2m) in the lone-striker role, while Neal Maupay (£5.7m) finds himself among the substitutes.

Brighton and Hove XI (5-3-1-1): Ryan; Montoya, Burn, Duffy, Dunk, Lamptey; Bissouma, D Stephens, Pröpper; Mac Allister; Connolly.

Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Shaw, Maguire, Lindelöf, Wan-Bissaka; Matic, Pogba; Rashford, B Fernandes, Greenwood; Martial.

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1,724 Comments Post a Comment
  1. masyuris
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Ritchie's chance to play tomorrow?

    1. Wild Rover
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Que sera sera

    2. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Whatever will be will be.

  2. wilson007
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Pope
    TAA Doherty AWB
    Salah Rich Son Bruno
    Rash Jimmy DCL
    (Fodder bench)

    2FT 0.0 ITB

    Any ideas? TIA.

    Would like Rich -> Mahrez but requires a downgrade (which I cannot do via Bench Fodder).

  3. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Soon Mbappe will have to be known as the French Greenwood

  4. Rashford FC
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    The starting 11 we have out there is very dangerous. Good signs!

  5. Amey
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Only 2 United players in my team.
    Who's winning the 3rd spot
    AWB or Martial 😀

    1. Rashford FC
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Playboy Marti

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Popular huh 🙂

    2. Pat Bonner
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Martial

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Really ?
        I thought AWB is the obvious one 😮

        Imagine the backline of
        Taa Awb Doherty

        FUN

        1. Pat Bonner
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Martial more fun that awb!?

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Yeah
            Agreed on that mate

    3. JBG
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Wish I could have 5 MU players.

      1. sunnyh
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        this

      2. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Yess

    4. Wild Rover
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      The real fans took a hit last week for Rashford and Martial 😉

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Ha ha ha
        I took one for Rashford sir
        Actually, a big one 😀

  6. Ginkapo FPL
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Too many united fans on here. Why get AWB when you can get Targett for far cheaper

    1. Rashford FC
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Terrible advice

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        United fan much?

  7. Ibra
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    I benched Greenwood instead of Lascelles. I’ve never felt so stupid in my life.

    1. how now brown cow
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      You played lascelles as you thought he'd get a cs, which could equal one greenwood goal.

      I routinely feel more stupid than that.

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Lascelles could score tomorrow against Bou.

  8. Little Red Lacazette
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Bruno post.

  9. Lovren an elevator
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Are we seeing united's absolute first choice 11 here??

    1. Reg83
      1 month, 3 days ago

      yes

  10. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Slab head wasted his 1 attacking potential of the season the other night

  11. Reg83
    1 month, 3 days ago

    wth AWB? go back your RB spot & make tackles & get a YC or someting.

    My rival has him. AWB the new TAA

  12. Pat Bonner
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Bruno goal

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Lol at sellers!

  13. _Ninja_
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Bruno g pog a

  14. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Bruno goal

  15. Pat Bonner
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Pogba assist

  16. SuperMane Returns
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Bruno finally!

  17. Berbs
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    BRUNO G
    POGBA A

    YESSSSSSSSS

  18. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Bruno captain crew assemble

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Spoke to soon, offside

    2. Wild Rover
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I’m still in last week

    3. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Left the assembly last week. Assembled for Jimmy this week.

  19. Wild Rover
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Have it sellers

    1. Egg noodle
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      You were saying?

  20. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Fernandes G
    Pogba A

  21. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Bruno G

  22. Qaiss
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    No more goals please 🙂

  23. The Red Devil
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Brunoooo

  24. Rainer
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Points for everyone

  25. Lev Yashin
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Brunoooooooooooo

  26. Pat Bonner
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Was that offside in build up

  27. The Senate
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 3 days ago

    I have AWB and Bruno. WHY DID I CAP RASHYYYYY

    1. wilson007
      1 month, 3 days ago

      exactly the same boat, my friend

  28. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Holy crap we can break down buses now...

  29. The Train Driver
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    No goal

    1. The Train Driver
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      My bad

  30. Reg83
    1 month, 3 days ago

    offside